Senate MOCC statement on act of violence against Khalsa Gurmat Center

Senate MOCC statement on act of violence against Khalsa Gurmat Center

The Senate Members of Color Caucus released the following statement in response to the act of violence and vandalism that took place on September 18, 2021, against a house of worship in Federal Way: “Our hearts break to hear of the damage, vandalism and robbery that took place at Khalsa Gurmat Center. Though the investigation remains fluid, we want to make clear that violence against any of our neighbors has no place in our state, and we condemn this potential hate incident at our Sikh community members’ house of worship. “As acts of hate and malicious harassment have risen, ...

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Senate MOCC issues statement on AG decision in Manuel Ellis case

Senate MOCC issues statement on AG decision in Manuel Ellis case

The Washington State Senate Members of Color Caucus today issued the following statement in response to the Attorney General's most recent action in the case of Manuel Ellis' death. “As the Members of Color Caucus of the Washington State Senate, we send love and solidarity to Manuel Ellis’ loved ones and community. The Attorney General’s decision to charge two of the involved law enforcement officers with murder and one other with manslaughter may be meaningful progress toward justice, but we know the process to get here was a long and painful one for Manny’s friends and family, ...

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Senate Members of Color Caucus reacts to verdict in trial of George Floyd’s killer

Senate Members of Color Caucus reacts to verdict in trial of George Floyd’s killer

Today the Senate Members of Color Caucus issued the following statement in reaction to the verdict of guilty on all counts issued moments ago in Derek Chauvin’s trial. “Words cannot undo the deep wound that George Floyd’s murder left in his family, in his community, in Black communities here in our state and across the nation. They cannot undo the actions of the man who ended his life. They cannot erase the history of racism and racial violence that blinded that man to George Floyd’s humanity, and gave him such a sense of impunity that he believed ...

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Senate MOCC statement on acts of violence against AAPI communities

Senate MOCC statement on acts of violence against AAPI communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2021

Senate MOCC statement on acts of violence against AAPI communities

The Senate Members of Color Caucus today issued the following statement: “Waking up to yet another day of more Asian American lives lost at the hands of another hateful individual is devastating. In a year of such vitriol and hardship for everyone, and particularly for Asian American families, businesses, and neighborhoods, the trauma of this continued violence and anti-Asian rhetoric is overwhelming and enraging. “The use of discriminatory language throughout the pandemic has exacerbated decades of xenophobia against Asian Americans. Language from federal government officials ...

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The Senate Members of Color Caucus Co-Chairs Honor MLK, Jr.'s Legacy

The Senate Members of Color Caucus Co-Chairs Honor MLK, Jr.'s Legacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2021 The Senate Members of Color Caucus co-chairs – Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle) and Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center) today issued a statement on behalf of the Members of Color Caucus in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy he has left the nation.  “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a radical liberator. He was both defender and builder of American democracy. He was an enemy of white supremacy and a champion of justice. He fought against the immorality of inequity, he organized against generations ...

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Senate Members of Color Caucus express support for governor's equity package

Senate Members of Color Caucus express support for governor's equity package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 14, 2020

Senate Members of Color Caucus co-chairs support governor’s equity package

The Washington State Senate Members of Color Caucus (MOCC) co-chairs today issued the following statements concerning Gov. Jay Inslee’s Equity Proposal.

“Our communities have long been calling out for leadership that takes a hard look at inequity in our state and steps forward with bold action to respond to these needs,” said Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D-Seattle). “I look forward to partnering with the governor in this work to serve every ...

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State Legislature welcomes one of the most diverse cohorts on record, including women of color

State Legislature welcomes one of the most diverse cohorts on record, including women of color

The Washington State Legislature welcomed one of its most diverse cohorts of elected officials in state history on January 14. The most recent class includes a female majority in the House Democratic Caucus with women of color serving in both the House and Senate leadership ranks. Washington currently ranks fourth in the nation in terms of gender parity in the state legislature.

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The Senate Members of Color Caucus welcomes Senator Manka Dhingra; lays out an agenda focused on inclusion

The Senate Members of Color Caucus welcomes Senator Manka Dhingra; lays out an agenda focused on inclusion

The Senate Members of Color Caucus welcomes Senator Manka Dhingra; lays out an agenda focused on inclusion Olympia – Democrats welcomed the newly elected senator from the 45th Legislative District, Manka Dhingra, as the Washington State Senate convened for the 2018 legislative session. Dhingra becomes the 25th member of the Senate Democratic Caucus and the fifth member of the Senate Members of Color Caucus (MOCC). Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Chair of the MOCC, and members Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, released the following statement: “We are honored to celebrate the start of ...

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